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In January of 2020, after drinking 1 gallon of tequila and ingesting 600 pills, Sarah found herself waking up in a hospital, pissed as all get out that the administration did not follow her “do not resuscitate” orders.
Having been in and out of numerous treatment facilities, separated from her husband and child for years, suffering from mental and physical illnesses since childhood, with no will to live, Sarah’s self-worth was in debt and she felt it time to file for bankruptcy.
With the power of prayer and universal good juju from a slew of strangers responding to a social media post, Sarah miraculously came out of a 5-day coma with all her faculties about her.
This is the story of Sarah Gray Perez ;
In this episode Lori & Sarah discuss:
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As a woman on the other side of addiction, Shantell sheds her skin to Lori by sharing her personal journey to the creation of this record. Riddled with family chaos, drama, and death, Shantell looked to her faith to lead her in a safe direction.
Shantell and Lori have a beautifully authentic conversation about all things recovery and the upcoming release of Shantell’s new recovery album One Step Closer: Songs to Recover By. Oh, and Lori talks about the time she (alcohol) made the choice to sit and pout in ditch instead of watch Old Dominion’s private residence concert (pre-bazillion albums sold, awards won and freaky fan girls like me.)
If you are the family member of someone suffering in active addiction, mental illness, or other life unrest, please know that you are not alone. This story will have your head nodding with a consistent “yeah me too” as these two women share their vulnerable side to each other.
In typical Recovery Hour fashion, there is lots of laughter, goofiness AND… you guessed it, singing! You do not want to miss this episode.
PRESS RELEASE: Nashville-based artist/songwriter Shantell Ogden will soon release One Step Closer: Songs to Recover By an acoustic album with songs about the journey of addiction recovery. The nine-song album was fully fan-funded and will be released on February 19.
Each song tells a relevant story about addiction; from the gritty rock bottom of "St. Augustine" and "High Way Calls" to the hopeful "One Step Closer" and "Hand Up." Most families have experienced drug and alcohol addiction including Shantell's.
"Some of the most disturbing headlines during the pandemic have been about the increase in overdose and addiction due to stress, financial strain, depression, and isolation," said Shantell.
"These songs shed a light on the struggles of addiction. There's a kind of catharsis and validation in hearing raw emotions expressed in a song - music is powerful."
Hundreds of albums will be donated to those in recovery programs across the U.S. In addition, fan-funded concerts are also being planned to share the music live.
"It is our hope that this music will touch hearts and inspire healing," added Shantell
To be considered for a FREE autographed copy of Shantell’s new album One Step Closer: Songs to Recover By, participants must:
· Follow/like the Recovery Hour Podcast on IG (@the.recovery.hour.podcast)
· Follow/like Shantell Ogden on IG (@shansmusic)
· Submit a review of the episode on iTunes or Spotify (must screen shot the review as it takes forever for reviews to post and well, whos got time for that?)
· COMMENT ON THE ‘ONE STEP CLOSER’ post on the pod’s IG page, with the image of your review and type the word “done”· Tada. You are in! Email firstname.lastname@example.org for any questions
· Contest ends 2/20/2021
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Just when you think you've heard it all... Listen to Lori's candid conversation with Danielle about her journey to recovery (alcohol, pills) and all the shit that happened before... WHOA, you won't believe it. BIO: Danielle Gregorich (known as DG) is an Amazon Best Selling author, recently self-publishing her book: Stroke of Sobriety.
A 36-year-old Arizona native, Air Force wife, and mother of two children, Danielle is a multiple suicide attempt survivor, a kidney cancer survivor, and a stroke survivor. DG started writing about her sobriety publicly in 2018 after she suffered a massive stroke four months into her recovery journey.
That stroke took away her ability to speak, read, and write. Her speech therapist suggested that she started writing to stimulate her brain function to regain these abilities. She began writing in the early morning each and every day. She wrote authentically and raw about her struggles with sobriety, marriage, and motherhood. Writing quickly became cathartic and therapeutic and played a crucial role during her first year of sobriety.
During DG's first year of sobriety, she overcame multiple struggles and obstacles. Sobriety did not come easily for Danielle, but she embraced the suck of sobriety with faith and hope that she would eventually get back her happiness. She currently works at a treatment center in Mesa, AZ. She is a public speaker sharing her experience, strength, and hope anytime she gets the opportunity. She wrote Stroke of Sobriety - The Essential Daily Guide - Embracing the suck of sobriety, with hope that she will inspire someone keep fighting in their first year of sobriety.
FIND DANIELLE GREGORICH:
Purchase book: STROKE OF SOBRIETY
IG: @strokeofsobriety and @oneandonlydg
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Here at the Recovery Hour, we like to highlight those thriving in recovery, to inspire and spread hope to those in and/or seeking recovery. If we had to pick one story to share, it would be hers…. Meet Beverly Sartain of the Holistic Coach Training Institute.
From substance abuser, to substance abuse counselor, this 14-year sober trailblazer has defied all odds and has made her mess her message. From authoring the best-selling book “Transcending Trauma: How I Used Spiritual Psychology to Heal My Life” to creating the Spiritual Psychology coaching method, there is no holding Beverly back.
Lori and Bev discuss so much… he’s a bit about the episode:
A few words from: BEVERLY SARTAIN, President ★ Author | Trainer | Mentor | Coach providing coach development and application programs that take you from certification to working with paying clients. Teaching online business set-up for Holistic Coaches and Healers. As seen in Tiny Buddha, She Recovers, Recovery Today Magazine, Heroes In Recovery, and others. Grab my book, "Transcending Trauma: How I Used Spiritual Psychology to Heal My Life" on Amazon. https://holisticcoachtraininginstitute.com/transcendingtrauma/
WHAT I DO: I help helping professionals advance their skill set through an ICF accredited coach-specific training and certification so that they can step into greater purpose through their own coaching business or higher calling.
HOW I DO IT: I provide online coach training programs and business set-up so that you learn how to apply the knowledge you've gathered through work and life experience for greater results and increased prosperity.
WHO I WORK WITH: ★Counselors, Therapists, Social Workers and Educators who want to continue to develop themselves ★ Coach Programs who want a Mentor Coach for their students ★Wellness Organizations who desire coach development training for their staff
WHY IT WORKS: I’ve broken down all the steps I took to go from working a full-time job for someone else’s mission to creating my own profitable coaching practice. We focus on soul alignment and the inner work necessary to gracefully step into your own business.
WHAT MAKES ME DIFFERENT: I approach development and business through the lens of Spiritual Psychology so that you can express yourself and self-actualize while serving a greater purpose. I use online strategies to build an audience of engaged, committed, and connected people making client creation easier and more organic.
Here's a freebie discussed in our podcast: Prepare For Greater Impact Guide https://holisticcoachtraininginstitute.s3.us-east-2.amazonaws.com/Prepare+for+Greater+Impact+Guide+-+5.6.20.pdf
Here's a link to Beverly’s book: https://holisticcoachtraininginstitute.com/transcendingtrauma/
and the socials: https://www.facebook.com/holisticcoachtraininginstitutehttps://www.facebook.com/beverly.sartain.1https://www.linkedin.com/in/bevsartain/
The Recovery Hour Podcast has suggested getting an IG account… 😉
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Lori heats things up by talking all things money (and personal “hall passes”) with Certified Money and Recovery Coach, Linda Parmar. Linda’s upcoming Workshop “New Year, New Money” is FREE and you’re invited!
Here are a few major discussions in this episode:
A few words from Linda:
“Big things have happened. I have recently left my job as a Financial Advisor that I had for 20 years. I left my position as I had been doing my money coaching on the side for two years. Money Coaching is my passion, and it became clear to me on what I needed to pursue full time. I love what I do.Let's back up a bit, I want you to know where I have come from and where I am now.I was a financial disaster. Yes, you read that right, a DISASTER. I worked in the financial industry but I wasn't paying attention.
I got sober in March 2014. I wish I could tell you that when this happened it got better. It did not. It actually got worse regarding my spending. I was looking for things outside of myself to make myself happy. I was emotionally spending money; impulsive buying was something I was VERY familiar with.In 2016 is when I really started to work on my spending issues and my passion of my recovery really started. My mentor suggested I become a money coach. That initially felt like I would be a fraud since I was such a mess financially. Someone said to me "Sometimes you need to teach what you have to learn". Life changing moment.
I started my money coach training which involved me getting my own money coaching. I got the opportunity to really work through my "stuff" and it was life changing. I continued to finish my Money Coaching Certification and in the meantime I also completed my She Recovers® Coach training and my Certified Recovery Coach training.
I officially became a Recovery Coach that specializes in Financial Recovery.I continue everyday to work my Financial Recovery and focus on what is right for me and my relationship with money. It is such beautiful experience and I love that my life now involves everything money! So grateful.
My coaching style is to really focus on your relationship with money. I love to start with how you currently feel about money and focus on what you want to change and how to do that. If we can change our behaviours then the numbers will change with it. I love getting specific with my clients on goals THEY want to achieve and what feels good to them.It starts with the foundation on how you feel and what you want to change. Running numbers can be overwhelming but it gets ALOT easier when you know why you want to pay attention to your money.I am living proof that you can turn your story around. I never thought I would feel financially free. I never thought it was possible. It is.You're worth it. Linda xo"
JANUARY 5, 2021 WORKSHOP WITH MONEY COACH LINDA PARMAR
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Getting lost in all the talk of 2021 vision boards? Resolutions? Goals?
So, I did you a big favor and pulled a few of my favorite articles that discuss a few gentler ways to gear up for the new year. What could that be?? Glad you asked… I’m talking setting intentions and choosing a word of the year. Yup, you heard right… WORD… one word, for the whole entire year. This seems a little more palatable than any resolutions we’ve dreamed up in the past eh?
INFORMATION RESEACHED AND DISCUSSED on this episode:
2021 Word of the Year (and 100 ideas for yours) - Elisabeth McKnight
WORKSHOP WITH MONEY COACH LINDA PARMAR
Sleep/Meditation APP Lori discussed:
Contest Winner Announce on February 1
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The Sober Mom Squad is just as it sounds: A Squad of Moms who are already sober, those who are just dipping their toes in exploring an alcohol free lifestyle, and everything in between!
It was my pleasure having the entire squad on the pod. What an honor! Listen for all things mommy wine culture, holiday advice and best of the show…. WHO IS ON THE NAUGHTY LIST? No topic was off limits and the squad was a delightful mix of intelligent, fierce, pretty funny mommas.
“This group was started during the COVID pandemic from an instagram post by the founder, Emily Lynn Paulson, asking how she could be of service to her audience. Jen Elizabeth, Michelle Smith, Celeste Yvonne and Jessica Landon immediately answered the call, and the Sober Mom Squad was born!
As mothers, we need to connect, share experiences, share expertise, hear stories, and tell our own. We need to know that we are not alone, and we need to feel that we are in a safe environment away from judgement and stigma. So, we started hosting a weekly free virtual meeting over zoom, discussing all things motherhood, the trials of suddenly homeschooling, the new dynamics of home life, and doing it all without "mommy juice."
We found that this community filled a need that had never been filled before, so we expanded it to help even more women. Women, just like you, who are inundated with wine memes and spiked seltzer ads, yet demand MORE for yourself and your families. Women like you, who don't want their kids to grow up with a mom who needs wine to survive them.
The five of us have very different backgrounds, live in different states, come from different walks of life, have different areas of expertise and training, and have different sobriety journeys. Our kids range in age from infant to 16 years old. The thing we have in common is a desire to raise children in homes where alcohol is not the focus.
Our common goal is to help other women do the same thing.” – Sober Mom Squad
MEET THE SQUAD:
Emily Paulson: Emily is a writer, speaker, Certified Naked Mind Coach. She Recovers Designated Coach, and a member of the long-term recovery community. Sober since January 2, 2017, she has appeared on media outlets including The Doctors, Parade, Today Parents, and USA Today, discussing how to end the shame and stigma of mental health and substance abuse. Emily is the author of Highlight Real: Finding Honesty & Recovery Beyond the Filtered Life, and a contributor in Addiction Diaries: Stories of Darkness, Hope, And All That Falls In Between. She resides in Seattle with her husband and their five children.
Celeste Yvonne: Celeste is a public figure who writes about all things parenting. She’s written for The Washington Post and Today Show, to name just a few. Celeste's writing resonates with mothers everywhere, and she speaks with a candor and honesty that is unusual in this world of filters. In 2018, Celeste openly spoke about her struggles with alcohol and announced her commitment to becoming a sober mom. Her piece about a play date that went sideways when another mom started serving mimosas has reached over 14 million people. Celeste lives in Reno, Nevada with her husband and two boys.
Jen Elizabeth: Jen is a writer, speaker, trauma educator, and the founder of Resurrektion of Me, a community for people healing from trauma and addiction. She is the author of the book, “Shape of a Woman.” And host of the “Sober Mom Squad.” As a survivor of childhood sexual abuse, familial abuse, addiction, and the prison system. After spending the majority of her adult life experiencing homelessness, she has taken her power back and dedicated herself to helping others heal from trauma. Her incredible story and triumphant recovery has been shared worldwide in publications including The Mirror, LAD Bible, The Sun, and The Daily Mail. She is a mother to two incredible children and lives is beautiful Southern California.
Jessica Landon: Jessica Landon is a Writer, Actor, Certified Resilience Recovery Coach, Speaker and new Mom. As a comedic actress, Jessica has appeared on Comedy Central’s MADtv, Robot Chicken, Jamie Foxx Sketch Comedy Show, Nickelodeon’s Drake & Josh, and NBC’s Medical Investigations. A few years into her acting career she spiraled into a nonfunctioning alcoholic; destroying all of her relationships and her career. After surviving many tussles with death, including a brain hemorrhage in 2013, she was finally able to overcome her addiction; fully embracing a life of forgiveness, gratitude, love and sobriety. Turning her life around in Jan 2014, she made it her mission to help others struggling with addiction. Her harrowing journey has since been published in news outlets across the globe: The Daily Mail, Fox News, Yahoo, The Sun, The Mirror, LAD Bible, Popculture, Blast, and Newsweek. She currently lives in Los Angeles with her fiancé and one year old baby boy. She has recently finished writing her memoir, HUMAN ON FIRE.
Michelle Smith: Michelle is an author, speaker, podcaster, and founder of Recovery is the New Black, a digital community for moms in recovery. As a wife and working mother of two, she fell into the "mommy juice" drinking culture. Michelle found a way out and has been in recovery from alcohol abuse since 2016. As a certified addiction and mental health counselor, she provides services to other moms who are seeking supportive alternatives to a boozy culture that tells us alcohol is an accessory to motherhood. Michelle has 20 years of experience in the field of addiction medicine and behavioral health treatment.
Do you ever feel like there are so many "how to" or "survival guides" during this season, that you just get too overwhelmed to read or follow ANY of them?
So, I did you a big favor and pulled a few of my favorite guides, tips & tricks for this holiday season.
You're welcome. ENJOY!
This funny and casual conversation between host Lori Windfeldt and her pal Dara Meyer looks at two sober girls’ lives in recovery this holiday season.
What Goes Up, Must Come Down || An Interview With Roy Tuscany, Founder & CEO High Fives Foundation
Celebrating 4 years of sobriety (October 2020), Roy continues his “one day at a time” mindset to control his drinking urges. After making a drinking goal of consuming a handle of tequila all to himself (a task he completed and is luckily still alive) Roy made the life changing decision to quit drinking, cold turkey! This after a devastating spinal cord injury on a ski jump.
His reason for everything he does, Partner Alana and Son Gunner, motivate him to be a better person every day.
In this episode Roy and Lori discuss:
Roy Tuscany Bio: originally from Waterbury, VT and after graduating from university of Vermont with a degree in mechanical engineering Roy headed out west to pursue the dream of being a professional free skier. in 2006, Roy suffered a life-altering injury that left him paralyzed from the waist down and was the catalyst to the creation of high fives. Roy turned the financial and community support of his own recovery into a ‘pay-it-forward’ adventure with the creation of high fives non-profit foundation. he was named the “spirit inspires” award from disabled sports USA in 2011 and once held the world record for the most high fives in a 24 hour period.
He lives in Reno, Nevada with his girlfriend (badass) Alana Nichols and son Gunnar and enjoys finding fun in everything he does.
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Witchy Woman || An Interview with an Out of The Broom Closet Witch: Vasalisa Wall
Have you ever wanted to talk to a real witch? Today is your lucky day! Lori talks with self-proclaimed “out of the broom closet witch” Vasalisa Wall. Lori asks the questions we all want to know… like…. What the fu*k is Halloween? And how to you ‘become’ a witch?
Happy Halloween. Happy Hollow’s Eve. Blessed Samhain.
A note from our guest: "I am Vasalisa, Co-founder of Sacred Recovery and Creatrix of Reclaiming Recovery. I am a Certified Trauma Professional, Professional Recovery Coach (with a SHE RECOVERS® Signature Coach Designation), Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, and Sound Healing Practitioner. I also hold a Diploma in Addiction Medicine. I am currently studying Community Herbalism with Pacific Rim College. I have worked in the realm of addiction recovery for 13 years and have supported many individuals to discover their own magick and reclaim their sacred selves so they may thrive in recovery.
I am also an out-of-the-broom-closet witch.
I saw the witch in myself at age 4 and had confirmation of the supernatural at age 12. Growing up on top of a mountain, on the site of an old silver mine, nature has been a resource and a loving, safe, relentless source of support throughout my life. My earliest memories include getting intentionally lost in the woods, standing in awe of grandfather’s beard hanging from old-growth trees, co-creating with faeries, talking to animals, eating wild chives, and honeysuckle flowers, and dancing with daisies.
I followed a magickal thread to Seraphina Capranos who introduced me to Reclaiming in 2015. I immediately felt like I had “come home”. I have since completed two year long Apprenticeships with Reclaiming Teachers: Sacred Leadership and a Priestess Apprenticeship. I have also completed a year of mentoring with Suzanne Sterling with a focus on her Voice of Change Curriculum designed to liberate individuals to find and speak their truth.
In other words, I have come to learn a thing or two about addiction, recovery, and the way our nervous systems and brains are wired! I am also a ritualist, a lover of earth-based spirituality, invoker of the sacred, and blender of science and spirituality.
My animal companion and spiritual guide, Josie Manyhairs, is a guiding light on my path (and the path of many others!) Many people in the recovery community know me as “Josie’s Mum” as she has been working alongside me in the realm of recovery her entire life, so she deserves special mention as a part of who I am – always. As a woman in long-term recovery from codependency, workaholism, trauma, and child loss I have been blessed to have her by my side. I also live a sober lifestyle and through my recovery have transformed my hyper-vigilant, trauma-dependent, codependent system into an intuitive and grounded one. I am passionate about creating sacred space, living authentically, and teaching others how to use their limitations as signposts guiding them towards transformation."
Vasalisa is also the Community & Engagement Specialist for the SHE RECOVERS® Foundation.
Lisa is a woman in long term recovery from:
In this episode we discuss:
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SACRED RECOVERY Coaching & Mentorship Business
RECLAIMING RECOVERY Gatherings fo magically minded and recovery-focused folx
RECOVERY CAULDRON Group coaching program with Liana Kennedy
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Breast Cancer Awareness Month – Don't Tell Me To Fight Like A Girl || An Interview With Metastatic Cancer Survivor Jen Pokorski
Her message is clear.... You can be a stage 4 metastatic cancer patient AND LIVE. After all... she did!
At age 40 Jen found a lump on her breast and her life changed immediately after finding out she had cancer. Not only breast cancer, but metastatic cancer. She shares a detailed account of her treatment plan, side effects, the advantage of positive thinking and well... her distaste for being told to fight like a girl. With no family history, you can imagine her surprise.
As per usual, lots of laughter and vulnerable convo. We'd expect nothing less from our host, Lori and her friends.
TOPICS DISCUSSED IN THIS EPISODE:
DISCLAIMER: thoughts and discussions of our guests are just that; Recovery Hour is not responsible for, or always in agreement with views of our guests; however, we do keep an open dialog with a safe space for all to tell their story. We shall not be held liable for, well.... anything.
Breast Cancer Awareness Month – We Do Recover || An Interview with Jeannine Canino Bieda, Her Cancer Forever Shit Show
With no family history, 32-year-old Jeannine found a lump in her breast. After getting a mammogram, she was 1) notified that she had dense breast tissue, and 2) the lump she found was diagnosed as a cyst. No further information.
Four years later, with the guidance of her primary care physician, as well as her physician sister, Jeannine was faced with the news of finding something 'concerning' - with question if she wanted the small lump to be biopsied. With a firm YES to get biopsied, she quickly heard another yes when she was notified, on Christmas Eve, that yes, she did indeed have breast cancer at age 36.
Hovering at stage 2 and knowing there was a 3-6% chance of reoccurrence if she chose chemotherapy as treatment, Jeannine chose not to have chemotherapy, adding an additional complication of cancer... thoughts of being a fraudulent patient loomed as not being serious. Because of her cancer, Jeannine and her husband were forced to discuss child planning, which wasn’t something they were ready for
AS ALWAYS, THIS CANDID CONVERSATION IS MET WITH EDUCATION AND EXTREME HILARITY.
DISCUSSED IN THIS EPISODE:
· Mammograms save lives, they just don’t save everyone’s lives.
· Jeannine doesn’t believe in the pink bullshit. Stop trying to fit breast cancer into a pretty pink box.
· Victim blaming
· Holistic treatment- oils & Jesus
· Breast cancer-It didn't run in my family either https://youtu.be/YWmAdOCc0g0 Do you have dense breast tissue? My cancer did not show up on my mammogram because of dense breast tissue.
· Don’t trust the internet
· Time doesn’t always heal
· Cancer ruined Christmas
· METAvivor is dedicated to the specific fight of women and men living with stage 4 metastatic breast cancer. At the time of METAvivor’s founding, no organization was dedicated to funding research for the disease and no patient groups were speaking out about the dearth of stage 4 cancer research. While more and more people have taken up the cry for more stage 4 research, METAvivor remains the sole US organization dedicated to awarding annual stage 4 breast cancer research.
· Think Before You Pink®, a project of Breast Cancer Action, launched in 2002 in response to the growing concern about the number of pink ribbon products on the market. The campaign calls for more transparency and accountability by companies that take part in breast cancer fundraising, and encourages consumers to ask critical questions about pink ribbon promotions.
Our mission is simple, Each One… Tell One… give a voice to each person to tell their friends, family, neighbors the importance of knowing their breast density and offer education about additional screening options. It’s every woman’s right to know their density.
Breast Cancer Awareness Month (BCAM), also referred to in America as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM), is an annual international health campaign organized by major breast cancer charities every October to increase awareness of the disease and to raise funds for research into its cause, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure. The campaign also offers information and support to those affected by breast cancer. Breast cancer awareness month is a yearly campaign that intend educate people about the importance of early screening, test and more. This campaign starts on October 1 and ends on October 31 every year.
Listen to the cutest little voice as Lori talks with her 7 year old daughter, Madison.
Madison shares a few of her favorite things AND offers advice to listeners. In this episode Lori and Madison talk about:
Have you ever played “high low day” with your family?
Madison’s favorite holiday! Christmas, because it’s the big holiday and there’s different things like Hanukkah and Kwanzaa, not just one type of holiday.
Last piece of advice…. Make sure you follow your dreams.